Boris (or TfL, who are increasingly operating as a semi-detached body these days) wants to build a tunnel under the Thames from the southern Blackwall Tunnel approach to Silvertown on the northern bank. This is, fairly obviously, a rubbish idea from start to finish; induced traffic, sprawl, air pollution, obesity and congestion are what road [...]
The unveiling of the stupidly named ‘New Tube For London’ was a relief for a few reasons – first, it wasn’t designed by Thomas bloody Heatherwick, and thus looks like a thoroughly modern urban metro rather than a badly executed nostalgia fantasy, second it looks nothing like the ugly Siemens concept that was flying [...]
As might have been expected, the poisoned chalice of SSL resignalling (and, we assume, Piccadilly Line signalling as an add-on) has not attracted a great deal of interest from the signalling supply sector – out of the two possible organisations that could have bid, Siemens and Thales, only Thales have decided to submit a [...]
One thing that we’re sure of, when Boris attaches himself to some whizzy innovation, it’ll usually end up costing a fortune in public money and suffering a variety of easily predictable snags caused by overconfidence and arrogance. To a list that includes cycle hire, cable cars, Lardbuses, electric cars, etc. etc. we can probably load [...]
Helen’s been out and about looking for new No. 10 lardbuses and has found one – the weight is now down a bit further to 12190kg, suggesting they’re eking out very small gains (the previous two weights were 12220 and 12230kg).
Meanwhile the not at all vanity B5LH Euro 6 revamp is apparently [...]
From the Commons Transport Committee oral evidence on the new (MOAR ROADS) National Policy Statement on National Networks, March 31st 2014:
Witnesses: Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, and John Dowie, Director of Strategic Roads and Smart Ticketing, Department for Transport, gave evidence.
Q91 Chair: Specifically in relation to forecasts, we have had [...]
Before going on LBC Boris must have seen some kind of fantastic presentation, right? I mean, he wouldn’t go off like this without a sound base, would he?
BJ: I…Can I tell you something we had the oth…the other day? A presentation came in from Hammersmith and Fulham. Nick Botterill brought his team in [...]
Reading some TfL Board Papers, now I’ve found them again, this section from TfL’s response to the RTF (Michelle Dix, again) stands out:
Since last year’s launch of the RTF report, TfL has conducted additional analysis which has highlighted the further pressures that new, higher growth forecasts and aspirations for a better city will [...]
When the price of cycle hire doubled in January 2013 there was, not unreasonably, considerable disquiet amongst the scheme’s customers; the latest user survey cites it as the most frequently quoted worsening aspect of the service. With the publication of the per-day ridership for the final month of 2013-14 we can now see [...]
There was another snippet of MOAR ROADS in yesterday’s LBC phone in – here’s a transcription. Given what happened over Hammersmith there’s no guarantee this is what he’ll say next month, of course:
NF: Mark in Dagenham
BJ: Mark in Dagenham..sorry I turned over your page and lost you…Mark in Dagenham
Mark: Hello, Boris, [...]
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